Overview of Health Networks and Network Leadership
Health Networks enable everyone to connect – share – improve
Connect relates to people coming together to build social capital and make a greater contribution to health. Share refers to people being actively involved in decisions to enhance health outcomes. Improve demonstrates the increased capacity of each of us to deliver a healthier WA.
Anyone with an interest in improving health in WA can join a Network including consumers, doctors, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, carers and policy makers. Around 2,500 people across Western Australia are currently involved in networks.
Health Networks in WA were established after a major review of health services in 2003 with the aim of enabling a new focus across all clinical disciplines towards prevention of illness and injury and maintenance of health.
The major functions of Health Networks are to plan and develop:
- evidence based policy and practice
- statewide clinical governance
- transformational leadership and engagement
- strategic partnerships
- evaluation and monitoring systems
Health Networks: delivering a Healthy WA